Photograph of Roberto Chavez’s mural “The Path to Knowledge and the False University“ in production on Ingalls Auditorium, East Los Angeles College, 1974. Image credit: Oscar R. Castillo Photographic Archives, Chicano Studies Research Center Library/UCLA.
East LA Homecoming for artist Roberto Chavez
Roberto Chavez and The False University: A Retrospective
September 13 to December 6, 2014
This fall, Vincent Price Art Museum presents “Roberto Chavez and the False University: a Retrospective,” an exhibition with special ties to the East Los Angeles community and the Chicano art movement and artists in East Los Angeles. Chavez, who grew up in East LA and taught at East Los Angeles College (ELAC), was an important pioneer of the Chicano art movement. This is the first examination of Chavez’s role as an artist and artist mentor in East LA, as well as the first public investigation of his 1974-1979 mural “The Path to Knowledge and the False University“ and its whitewashing, supported by documents, visual images, and testimonials.
Everyone is invited to attend a special Walkthrough with the Artist on Saturday, September 13, at 2:30 p.m., followed by an Opening Reception from 4 to 6 p.m.
More than fifty artworks dating from the late-1940s to the present are included in the exhibition. Subjects range from self-portraits to portraits of friends and family, as well as works that reference socioeconomic and political conditions of the time. The artist’s distinctive, empathetic commentary on the human condition ties together the work in this wide-ranging show.
The exhibition includes a full-color, 48-page catalogue with original essays by co-curators Sybil Venegas and William Moreno. Venegas writes about the impact Chavez had as an educator and mentor to students and artists. She also focuses on the controversial 1979 whitewashing of Chavez’s East Los Angeles College mural, “The Path to Knowledge and the False University.” Moreno writes on Chavez’s powerful portraiture and its connection to contemporary art. The catalogue, The Path to Knowledge and the False University, is supported by the Union Pacific Foundation.
Read more about Roberto Chavez and his career in the press release:
Vincent Price Art Museum
Please note: VPAM will be closed to the public from Aug. 1 to Sept. 1.
Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) on the campus of East Los Angeles College (ELAC) has been open in its brand new facility since May 2011. At 40,000 square feet, it is the largest public museum serving the San Gabriel Valley. And, as part the Performing & Fine Arts Center on campus, VPAM is dedicated to the presentation of significant and wide-ranging exhibitions that directly benefit ELAC and all of our surrounding communities.
For complete exhibition descriptions, related free programs, public hours, parking, and other information: http://vincentpriceartmuseum.org